GloPID-R News & Events Round-Up

Welcome to our latest Round-Up, featuring a selection of brief news items to keep you up to date with the GloPID-R network’s events, publications and other news.

GloPID-R events

General Assembly: October 19-20 in Berlin

In 2020 and 2021, our General Assembly was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, for the first time in three years, GloPID-R is organizing an in-person General Assembly, hosted by our German member, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin. The GA is open to all GloPID-R members and observers.

On the agenda:

  • Day 1: One Health, Clinical Trial coordination, new Pandemic Funding tracking tool.
  • Day 2: Coordinated funding, GloPID-R regional hubs, followed by a closed members’ meeting to discuss strategy, priorities, governance and other organizational questions.

For more information and to register please contact Kristina Ruze by September 15, 2022.

The GloPID-R General Assembly will take place immediately after the World Health Summit 2022 (hosted together with WHO) on October 16-18 in Berlin. A limited number of invitations are available free of charge for our membership.

Living Funders’ Roadmap to strengthen the coordination of clinical trials: CTN&F Workshop on September 29-30 in Annecy (France)

The Clinical Trial Networks and Funders (CTN&F) Working Group will meet on September 29-30 at Les Pensières Center for Global Health (Annecy) to refine actions for the Living Funders’ Roadmap. With recommendations for funders to support clinical trials in line with agreed principles, the Roadmap will be presented at GloPID-R’s General Assembly in October.

GloPID-R news

Work begins to develop the African Regional Hub

Following our successful application for an EDCTP grant funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care (UK DHSC), the creation of GloPID-R’s African regional hub is well under way as part of the roll out of our regional hub strategy. The pilot hub will be led by Charles Wiysonge of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In late September, a first meeting at SAMRC Cape Town will start working on a detailed roadmap to guide this first phase. A launch meeting of the regional hub is planned in 2023.

Publication in BMC Medicine: GloPID-R scientists review what we know about cases of severe acute hepatitis in young children

In late July, researchers from the GloPID-R Scientific Secretariat published “Severe acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology in children—what is known?” in BMC Medicine. This study examines recent cases of severe hepatitis of young children across 33 countries, in particular the UK, the United States, Japan and European countries.

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Living Mapping Review: latest iterations cover new COVID-19 variants

The 7th iteration of the Living Mapping Review (LMR) of COVID-19 funded research projects is now available on Wellcome Open Research. The latest iterations (6 and 7) include an in-depth analysis of existing research into new COVID-19 variants. Together with the associated COVID-19 Research Project Tracker, the LMR represents a valuable, regularly updated tool to help the funders’ community track current research trends for a more effective pandemic response.

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Monkeypox clinical guidelines are lacking: publication of a study co-authored by GloPID-R scientists BMJ Global Health

A lack of clinical guidance on monkeypox may impact patient care and outcomes, according to a systematic review co-authored by researchers from the GloPID-R Scientific Secretariat. This study was led by ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium) and appeared in the open access journal BMJ Global Health on August 17, 2022.

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Monkeypox: GloPID-R scientists organize convening call on September 9, 2022

GloPID-R members are invited to a convening call on Friday September 9, 2022 from 1-2 pm BST (2-3 pm CEST) to share information about their activities related to monkeypox.

Convening Call Agenda:

  • Roundtable to update on activities including new calls/funding
  • ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases presentation: Funding for an international multi-country adaptive clinical trial
  • Areas for further coordination and support

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For more information about the convening call, please contact Susan Khader.

Member events

March 2023 conference on emerging and re-emerging diseases to be held in Togo

Along with partner organizations, GloPID-R member ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases is hosting a conference on March 15-16, 2023 in Lomé (Togo) on the topic of emerging and re-emerging diseases (in French).

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Call for papers (deadline October 30, 2022)

Virtual event: Cochrane South Africa National Symposium, November 22-23, 2022

This on-line event will address “Research evidence in a post-truth world – tackling the information, misinformation and disinformation affecting healthcare decision making.” Registration is free.

Cochrane South Africa is a research unit of the South African Medical Research Council, (SAMRC) a GloPID-R member.

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Member news

Upcoming funding opportunity: The Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program, Phase II, competition 2022-2023

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the Azrieli Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have announced the second research competition under the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program, Phase II. Six grants worth up to CAD 1.4 million each will be awarded to research teams led by Canadian, Israeli and LMIC investigators working collaboratively on the frontiers of the biomedical sciences and global health. Detailed guidelines for submission will be published on CIHR’s Funding Opportunity database in September 2022.

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“Global Health Matters” podcast by ESSENCE on Health Research: summer episodes

The “Global Health Matters” monthly podcast hosted by Dr. Garry Aslanyan is well into its second season, bringing listeners original perspectives on key topics in global health.

Global Health Career Paths: Learn, Mentor, Practice, Repeat

August 23, 2022 – Episode 16

  • Stephanie Topp, Associate Professor in Global Health and Development at James Cook University, Australia
  • Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Health Scientist of Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia

The future of global health is through diversity and dignity

July 12, 2022 – Episode 15

  • Marie Ba, Director of the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit
  • Tom Wein, Director of Dignity and Development, IDinsight, Kenya

Test to protect: equal access to diagnostics for all

June 14, 2022 – Episode 14

  • Bill Rodriguez, CEO of FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics
  • Sikhulile Moyo, Research Laboratory Director, Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership

All episodes are available online

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What pathogens could cause the next pandemic?

GloPID-R partner APPRISE has posted an article describing the 5 most concerning families of viruses that could cause the next pandemic. Leading experts were queried and identified these families as part of a report by Australia’s national science agency (CSIRO) on how to prepare for future pandemics. The 5 families are: Coronaviridae, Flaviviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, Paramyxoviridae and Togaviridae (alphaviruses).

Five virus families that could cause the next pandemic, according to the experts

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The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101094188.